In Retrospect: “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12

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Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

Much like this year, Jordan Brand began releasing its major Air Jordan Retro offerings around the end of November. Specifically, the Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game” around this time last year to many sneaker enthusiast’s delight. Although some people were opposed to its obvious texture makeup altering (the OG pair featured black leather instead of nubuck) and the sick face on the midfoot, the “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12 still became the most sought-after Air Jordan 12 of 2009.

Did you purchase the ?Flu Game? Air Jordan 12, and was it worth the money you paid for it? If not, are you wishing you would have snagged them last November? How does the ?Flu Game? rank amongst the other Air Jordan 12s that released last year (?Rising Sun?, ?Nubuck?, White/Red)? Lastly, was this one of your favorite Air Jordan Retro releases of 2009? Let us know your thoughts on the ?Flu Game? Air Jordan 12 in the comment section below!

Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

Air Jordan 12 "Flu Game"

Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

Air Jordan 12 "Flu Game

Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

Air Jordan 12 "Flu Game"

Air Jordan 12 Flu Game

Air Jordan 12 "Flu Game"

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48 Comments on "In Retrospect: “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12"

  1. Ldotboydon

    Picked these up for cheap. Quality is really good…a lot better than a lot of other retros which have come out recently.

  2. Anonymous

    I wanted them when they first came out, but I waited it out a bit. I ended up getting them for cheap. The quality is actually pretty good. I remember seeing the criticisms about the sick face, dates, and the nubuck, etc. It’s obvious not an exact replica of the OG, but it’s a nice sneaker.

  3. CooL_KiD_305

    I LOVE these shoes, I can care less what the old heads say about these missing the leather upper. these shoes are tight!!

  4. Anonymous

    I copped a pair. Very happy with them. They were number 3 on my list of 12’s. Had the Nubucks & the Raising Sun before them. Felt like this was a purchase alot of people slept on. Now people want a pair!!

  5. BigD1ckJohnson

    I’m sorry. I wanted to cop, but the nubuck killed it. Why would you put such a big twist on a great sneaker. I had a 1996 pair that separated on me so I wanted to get the Flu Games until I saw the nubuck. I like the direction they went with the sneaker with the little sick face & the dates on the side, but it goes to show that too much change wasn’t necessarily good. I bet it had the leather it would have sold out the first day it came out.

  6. Anonymous

    i understand it was trying to tell the story about the flu game, but sorry, that little sick face was kinda corny to me. and the fact that it had the nubuck too. that’s the reason why i lost interest.

  7. jocrak

    just picked up a pair of white reds for a buck 30.. buy one get next half off haha so i got the citrus’s for 59 bucks.. Its hard to support your local shop with deals like that… citrus 9 and whte red 12 for $195… comon

  8. Shoegamedumb

    These were the least of the one’s I purchased (Nubucks by far were the best followed by the Cherries). Paid about $90 including shipping so I can’t complain


    Yep I copped my pair with a red/black jacket, socks, black/red/white t-shirt and black & blue tee for my black Nubuck 12’s. I think I spent $283.00 for everything on Black Friday.

    Then I spent day night at mall for Space Jams…..WILL BE DOIN’ DA SAME FOR Cool GREY

    That will complete my collection of 11’s, Space Jams, ,and Silver Anniversity 11’s with Cool Grey

  10. Bcohen1

    I was hoping that these would have been true to the original pair, but the changes were too much. I ended up buying an OG pair instead (well worth the price I paid) and copped the cherry 12s. The cherry 12s were by far the best 12s released, and many people didn’t realize that the cherry 12s were never retroed before SMH. I’m glad I passed on the faux “flu games”.

    • soBeast

      AGREE on the cherrys. these came out before them and i copped it. ended up having no money when the cherrys came out and really regret it..

  11. southside google gangster

    Lol at haters
    I have some flu games from 03′ and these
    Guess what…

    The nubuck ones look 100 times fresher

    • ateohhwon

      I must agree wit this guy. Yea tha OG’s are cool, but personally I like how tha nubuck looked A LLLLOT better than tha leather. I actually copped mine for $25! Haha definitely glad I have em. Super comfy too

  12. Jr

    I picked them up. This shoe is my favorite Jordan. Love the shoe and love the black red color scheme. I’m happy with them although I do wish they were the og leather I am still pleased I picked them up when I could

  13. D3rrtyDarun

    I felt that the leather would have been a better fit for the flu game. This is still a nice sneaker but the little change of material killed the purchase for me. Still I hope JB learns from this and im praying that the decrease in sales of JB allows them to consider bring back the Nike air for retros in the future.

  14. jman

    i am glad that i got my pair and this pair was not supposed to look like the ogs they were supposed to look at little different because micheal felt sick and this sneaker is sick and i love it

  15. Kamau Johnson26

    Upset with the quality of the sneaker. Jordan should respect their customers with quality that should be as good as the OG or maybe even better. I got a pair and now I just wear them to work.

  16. soBeast

    the nubuck does LOOK better, but it get dirty WAY too easy! i got some sratches on there that i dont even know where it came from! and i cant get it off! it LOOKS better but i prefer the tumble leather… but yeha i cop these.

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